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Category Archives: E-Commerce

New site focuses on selling food and household essentials for $3 or less

Fast Company – This New Site Sells Food And Household Essentials–All For $3 Or Less “Brandless wants to do away with corporate markups on everyday products, from corkscrews to organic maple syrup…Sharkey and Leffler set out to create a new landing point for a consumer who’s looking for quality and transparency, and eschews brand loyalty and the resulting choice overload familiar to anyone who’s ever stepped into a grocery store aisle. Their resulting venture is appropriately called Brandless, and it launched on July 11 with a curated selection of around 115 essential products (which will balloon to 300 by December)–from condiments to kitchen appliances to cleaning products–all for $3 or less..” Note – the site sells products that are Certified Organic, Gluten Free, Non GMO, Vegan, No Added Sugar, Certified Kosher. The company is “Partnering with Feeding America the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization, the monetary equivalent of a meal is donated every time you shop on Brandless…”

Major news organizations seek help from Congress for collective bargaining with Alphabet and Facebook

News Outlets to Seek Right to Bargain With Online Giants – “A group of news organizations plans to ask Congress for the right to negotiate with platforms like Google and Facebook, which are gaining greater shares of digital advertising and distribution.” Continue Reading

NYT – How the Growth of E-Commerce Is Shifting Retail Jobs

“Although online shopping companies have created hundreds of thousands of jobs, they have not directly made up for the losses at traditional retailers, and the new jobs tend to be concentrated in a small number of large cities…Employment attributed to electronic shopping firms has doubled in the last five years, outpacing other types of retail….” Continue Reading

Yelp’s 6 year battle against Google

The New York Times – “For six years, Jeremy Stoppelman’s (chief executive of Yelp) company has been locked in a campaign on three continents to get antitrust regulators to punish Google, Yelp’s larger, richer and more politically connected competitor. He has testified before Congress, written op-ed columns and used Twitter to bash Google’s behavior. Google… Continue Reading

Facebook use continues to grow – now boasts 2 billion

Via Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg, June 28, 2017: “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” In a little over 13 years Facebook has steadily and exponentially increased users to a number is impressive regardless of the competition. The challenges for the company to continue to add users in such… Continue Reading

MIT Technology Review – 50 Smartest Companies 2017

“Our editors pick the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model. Each year we identify 50 companies creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy. Some are large companies that seem to be growing ever larger, like Amazon and Apple. Others, like IBM, or General Electric are old-guard giants betting… Continue Reading

EU Commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing dominance as search engine

EU news release: “The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service. The company must now end the conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments of up… Continue Reading

Paper – Mining Features Associated with Effective Tweets

Mining Features Associated with Effective Tweets. Jian Xu University of Notre Dame; Nitesh V. ChawlaUniversity of Notre Dame, via arXiv, June 22, 2017. Abstract – “What tweet features are associated with higher effectiveness in tweets? Through the mining of 122 million engagements of 2.5 million original tweets, we present a systematic review of tweet time, entities,… Continue Reading

Paper – Ad-Blockers: Extortionists or Digital Age Robin Hoods?

Ray, Abhishek and Ghasemkhani, Hossein and Kannan, Karthik Natarajan, Ad-Blockers: Extortionists or Digital Age Robin Hoods? (June 23, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2991805 “As an answer to mitigating the impact of intrusive online advertising on users, ad-blockers have risen in prominence over the past few years. Initially dismissed by the online advertising industry as inconsequential,… Continue Reading

Precise weather forecasting critical for product deliveries by drones

Bloomberg: “Drones could soon be flying you books, pills, and pizzas—but first, they’ve got to figure out what kind of wind gusts to expect on your street.” Continue Reading

Amazon Polly AI Technology on Washington Post Voice Articles

“Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Amazon Polly lets you create applications that talk, enabling you to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Amazon Polly is an Amazon AI service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. Amazon Polly includes dozens… Continue Reading